Burress, signed last month after serving 20 months in prison on a gun charge, made his debut with the Jets (1-1) a memorable one. He caught a 20-yard pass from Mark Sanchez on the Jets’ first offensive play and another 20-yard grab in the second quarter, but the highlight came on New York‘s last offensive play of the first half.
Burress took off down the left sideline, drew separation from defensive back Fred Bennett and hauled in a pass from Sanchez and fell into the end zone to put New York up 17-7.
Sanchez finished 12-of-20 for 173 yards and two touchdowns, the first to Santonio Holmes, as the Jets’ starting offense played the entire first half. The running game, without starter Shonn Greene, stalled during the first two quarters, gaining just 17 yards, as a driving rain fell at the New Meadowlands Stadium. LaDainian Tomlinson had just 16 yards on nine carries.
Cincinnati’s offense struggled badly early as rookie Andy Dalton, the second-round pick out of TCU, threw two interceptions that resulted in scores by New York. Dalton was 4-of-11 for 29 yards after one quarter, and finished 8-of-19 for 86 yards. The Bengals are 0-2.
Chargers 20, Cowboys 7
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Philip Rivers led San Diego to scores on two of three drives, then coach Norv Turner helped his club score another touchdown with two successful challenges on a single series in the Chargers’ victory over Dallas.
Rivers went 8-of-11 for 92 yards, with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Randy McMichael.
Dallas’ Tony Romo was 8-of-12 for 58 yards, with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten. Romo also threw an interception on an ill-advised pass.
Both teams are 1-1.